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Eddy I. uploadED Interview

Amanda Giordano

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Why did you make this album?

Well, this album is very focused on Emotion. I've learned a lot about people growing up. Being so disconnected from everything because I didn't have much of a social life or any friends kinda helped me in a way. Helped me see everyone with an unbiased view and I saw lots of similarities in people that wouldn't normally be involved with one another. 

for example, a "cool kid" and a "nerd" wouldn't chill together cause their worlds and lives are so different, they feel like they wouldn't have anything in common. I saw happiness, pain, struggle, and everything else that a person growing up would have to see. From all sides.

What inspired the title 'uploadED'?

The title "UploadED" was more of a play on words than anything. I had struggled for a while with what I should title the album but it eventually came down to "what would make the most sense right now?"

So I kinda figured, EVERYONE is on the internet. EVERYONE knows what 'uploading' is. They do it every day. Every couple of minutes. So the meaning is just sharing information. Pieces of me. My emotions, my experiences, my mantras. Hence the "-ED" part. All in all, I wanted to make the whole sharing aspect easy for everyone to understand. 

If you could do remix to one song on the album and anyone as your guest feature, what song what it would be and who would you have on it?

oh hell yeah Coupe, easy. the feature is kinda hard to pick but i'm gonna go weird and say either Amine or Blackbear. I feel like they would kill it.

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Who helped make this album what it is? Writers, Producers, Muses, Support System, Etc
J. Glaze, Elaine Kristal, Tyrone Briggs, Remark, and Cossy. They really made this album shine, man. Super grateful for them. As far as direct inspirations, there's a HUGE list but I'm going to try and shorten it as much as possible: 

ONE. My mother. She's my best friend, and I mention her a couple of times in this album and will continue to do so for a long time lmao. She's my rock and she always keeps my head on straight whenever I'm about to drive myself crazy. 

TWO. My favorite uncle. He's the reason I am the man I am today and I truly believe I owe him. I wouldn't have ever considered touching a microphone, a video game controller, or anything I've been addicted to my whole life if not for his influence. 

THREE. Ducky. You'll hear about her on the album. She's the love of my life, and the story you'll hear when listening to UploadED is about a good portion of my experiences with her. She's helped me grow, and I thank her for everything she's done for me. I'll never forget it.

FOUR. Mi Tia Dora, may she rest in peace. She's such a beautiful soul that has always been there for me. Most definitely one of my sweetest family members. A weirdo like me, and always made me feel loved even when I was going through a lot of internal conflict. I dedicated this album to her life. I love you, Tia Dora.

I'll just leave it at four names for now, but the rest of you know I love you. I just don't wanna make this a TL;DR moment LOL

What is your favorite track? Why?

I have 2 favorite songs. Lost is my personal favorite and Coupe is my favorite song to listen to. Lost brings me to a point of realization. It talks about me dealing with loss, being vulerable, and wanting to be better. I feel like that song also just SOUNDS good, yknow? Message aside, I think just sonically, it's a good song which kinda captures exactly what I want to be able to do with my music. I want to be able to make songs that mean something, but at the same time you can repeat it. I hate listening to a song that has such a powerful meaning, but is only entertaining enough for ONE play. So yeah, Lost.

Coupe though, is just SO LIT lmfao. I've never had so much fun working on a song before Coupe. It's that self-confidence anthem I needed for myself. I made the song around the time I was freshly-single. I was rolling around in my first car, a 2000 Honda Civic EX. Yeah, a coupe haha. Girls were on me, I had a good time, shit was looking good. (excuse my language, I was doing so well.) I just wanted to capture the feel of a time when I loved myself the most, and was happy with who I was. As you can tell, it was pretty turnt.

When did you know you wanted to make music?

My family loves music. There wasn't a day we wouldn't have music blasting in the house. I used to have Biggie and Eminem playing off of my mom's old ipod, and my uncle would be making beats back when FL Studio was Fruity Loops. After hearing all the beats, I just wanted to rap to them. I was trash back then so let's just move on.

What is your goal as an artist?

TO BLOW UP AND THEN ACT LIKE I DON'T KNOW NOBODY HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA

okay just kidding. 

I want to spread love, man. I wanna be that one kid from that one place people never heard of and make history. I want to change the world. I know these are all big vague things, but I want to do it all. Staten Island needs a new breath of life, and I truly believe I can make that happen. I just need help.

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What is your dream now that you just accomplished this dream? 

I want to get my mom outta here. She wants to be closer to the rest of the family, so I want to take her wherever she wants to go, and I want to make sure she doesn't ever have to work again. Same thing with my uncle, and my whole family. 

I want to get all of my closest friends together and build a team. I don't want anyone I love to have to deal with a deadend job. I want us to live our dreams. I want us to be happy. So we ain't done until that happens. 


Have you ever been Stereotype'd? Tell us more

Hell yeah. My whole life. Being different. Being weird. It put me in a box, y'know? I wasn't popular, so naturally when I told people I wanted to grow up to be a rich and famous rapper, they'd write me off cause no one liked me enough to think it was possible. I was that outsider.

Have you ever broke a Stereotype someone had of you? Tell us about it

THE WORLD. I'm not stopping until I've reached everyone. The people WILL know about The Stat. The people WILL know about Team Salsa. They WILL know about Eddy I. As long as I'm still here on Earth, breathing. I will do everything I can in my power to show people what they've been missing this whole time.

What's next for Eddy I? 

My first album, UploadED is out now on all digital platforms. I worked for 5 years to put together a project that I'm truly proud of and I hope you all like it. This album means the world to me. I love you all, and I promise you the world is going to know about us. The Stat. Forever. #TeamSalsa

PraiseOne - My Brain EP Interview

Amanda Giordano

Why did you make this album?

Well for starters I made this EP to give everyone a taste of what goes through my brain from violence to pain to suicidal thoughts to life and tribulations that I have faced this EP has a Horrorcore/Shock Rap/Battle Rap sound but you do get songs on there like Bothered All The Time, Never Gonna Change, Mad World, F@#$ You All to vent on certain situations 

What inspired the title 'My Brain EP'?

I wanted the title to speak for its self back in 2015 my very first song that I recorded which is on this EP basically opened up the whole concept to take people into my brain and let them see what goes on inside of it because I always felt very misunderstood because I was always judged so I kind of wanted to fire it back 


If you could do remix to one song on the album and anyone as your guest feature, what song what it would be and who would you have on it?

It'd probably be the intro song to the EP Constantine I'd probably make it a whole posse cut remix and get a bunch of really dope rappers on it or get Eminem on the record because that song gets compared heavily to old school 1997/1999 Eminem so if he came with that sound based on how the song is it'd be perfect 


Who helped make this album what it is? Writers, Producers, Muses, Support System, Etc

I wrote every song acapella at first then I met my two older brothers Deverano & Don OD and they produced 8 out of the 10 songs the song Pessimist was produced by my bro Joe Joe Beats for those of you who don't know Joe Joe has produced 9 songs for Dave East and his song The Hated made it to the latest UFC game so shout out to him!!!!!! 

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What is your favorite track? Why?

My personal favorites are Constantine, Never Gonna Change & Where Is The Money Constantine gives you that old school horrorcore boom bap feel where I go in with 100 bars Never Gonna Change basically tells people to go $!#@ themselves that have judged me for my music, Where Is The Money is basically the banger of the EP which I wrote in a very dark time in my life 


What is your goal as an artist?

My goal is to be one of the greatest hip hop artists of all time I want to be that rapper that puts out such an undeniable album that it goes down in hip hop history as one of the best albums ever 


When did you know you wanted to make music?

I was introduced to hip hop in the 3rd grade and I started writing in the 5th grade to put myself in a little world to get away from all the tribulations at home I knew I wanted to keep doing it when I realized that I can put words together and say whatever I want rather it would piss the world off or not 

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What is your dream now that you just accomplished this dream?Have you ever been Stereotype'd? Tell us more

I haven't really accomplished any of my dreams fully yet but the past few years I have done a lot of things me and Don OD have gotten on the Underground Hustlin compilation mixtape that King Gordy and Bizarre (LARS) (Bizarre is also from D12) are hosting and our collaboration track 4MeNMinez Bizarre introduced it and shouted us both out also I was on IBattle and Beast Mode and I got on 3 ULUE cyphers not to mention the shows my team has been throwing for a whole year we have another one coming up October 13th at Mother Pugs Saloon 1371 forest Ave Staten Island New York and me and Don OD are opening up for Twiztid October 14th in Syracuse 

To tell you the truth no but I will say this I have been judged for my music with people saying it's not radio ready and it's not relatable and how it's too "negative" and how I shouldn't vent or spit punchlines but instead do turn up music because that's the popular trend and there were certain shows where people didn't really show interest into what I was saying because of the dark content it has 

Have you ever broke a Stereotype someone had of you? Tell us about it

When I was in high school I was always made fun of by everyone for rapping being called a chunky white kid that thinks he's Eminem I started battling and jumping into cyphers trying to earn the respect as an M.C and I guess as time progressed people have some what taken it more seriously but there is still controversy surrounding me due to the lyrical content of my music which I'm expecting more of when I drop this EP I have silenced a lot of people in battling but I feel like I haven't fully earned the respect yet

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Interview with Paul Marz - Death of a Star, Rise of a Titan

Amanda Giordano

Why did you make this album?

As an artist, I'm always on journey to learn more. When I create a project, my goal is to discover more about myself in order to share those discoveries and schools of thought with others. I created this album to share what I have learned about life, finding yourself and the game in general with fellow artists, friends and fans. Also as a tool for inspiration to push forward through the face of adversity and attain your destiny.

What inspired the title 'Death of a Star Rise of a Titan'?

Death of a Star in this case is the death of your ego. Rise of a Titan is your end result when the "star" or "ego" dies. Often we see artists who love music and put their heart & soul into it when they start, only to get blinded by the bright lights and lose sight of their original goals and dreams. This occurs most often when artists start to see some money and fame. Those ego driven goals lead you on a path to death. It's either you kill the ego and rise, or follow it to your demise.  Coupled with this concept is contemplating actual death. Death of friends and family can be traumatizing. During the two years it took to create this album I attended 8 funerals. It wasn't part of the original concept, but as time went on, I saw those lost loved ones as "stars" on earth in my life, but now "titans" watching over us. So there are two sides to the album, on the surface I am addressing artists, dreamers etc. Encouraging them to hold steadfast to their goals & beliefs. Simultaneously, I address the hardships that come with losing loved ones. This is the inspiration behind the album.

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If you could do remix to one song on the album and anyone as your guest feature, what song what it would be and who would you have on it?
I think it would be cool to have Styles P on "Sleep Paralysis" & have him tell his own ghost story. 

Who helped make this album what it is? Writers, Producers, Muses, Support System, Etc

There are a number of people I am very grateful to that helped make this project possible. 

Major shout to J. Glaze, this album wouldn't be possible without him. The guy is a master of translating ideas into sounds.

Dave Noodlez, the most supportive person I've ever met. Besides helping on all levels of management, that's the guy I would send the tracks to right after I finished them for feedback. His constructive criticism helped me bring the project up to its full potential.

What is your favorite track? Why?
My favorite track is the final track "Rise of a Titan". It's my favorite because I feel like I was able to accurately sum up how I felt in conclusion after looking back on the album. Also, I feel the same excitement every time I perform it live.


What is your goal as an artist?

At this point in my career, my goal as an artist is to really build a solid foundation in my community that will continue to harbor and cultivate the skills of other young artists. When I started, I had a long list of goals. I have checked many of those things off my list. It gives me great joy to show other artists the way to cross items off their lists quicker.

When did you know you wanted to make music?

I think by the time I was about 17 or 18, I was pretty sure that I could do this.

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What is your dream now that you just accomplished this dream?Have you ever been Stereotype'd? Tell us more

My next dream is to write a book. I have a grand idea, but won't be revealing it just yet.

Certainly not a stranger to being stereotyped. It's something I'm beyond used to, that's why I wear that logo everyday. I could probably write another book just about that.


Have you ever broke a Stereotype someone had of you? Tell us about it

The Coptic Egyptian community is a small tight nit community, you're supposed to be either a Dr., Lawyer, Pharmacist etc. or you're exiled. EVERYONE told me I would fail if I pursued music. People in the community would pull me to the side and ask me "What are you doing with your life? You have to do something serious." It was very difficult to gain the courage to break that mold and pursue my passion rather than taking the stereotypical route because I was pressured into it. I didn't want to live with the regret of not pursuing my dreams. Looking back, I'm glad I made the right choice.

TheMostStrange - The Circus [Exclusive Interview]

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Interview by Dave Noodlez

TheMostStrange is one artist that can't be put in a box. I had a chance to link with him after his release party and talk about his new album 'The Circus', circuses, goals, dreams and more. Hope you enjoy the interview.

We just attended your album release at The Paper Box in Brooklyn, NY. How would you describe the night?
It was nostalgic. A combination of talented artists and family showing support for their people. We came to Brooklyn and conquered. All love

Why did you make this album? 

Same reason I started music, to express the suppressed darkness. Some won’t understand the grittiness but i live my happiness on a day to day because I found an outlet to ease the trouble in my mind. “The Circus” saved me. Forever grateful.

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What inspired the title 'The Circus'?
The Circus seemed so fitting because they both instill excitement and fear of whats to come. Circuses always had this dark ambience so I created this dimension to tell a story. The project is a collection of thoughts from 2 years where i completely lost myself. I was spiraling out of control and found fear in things that should have caused me joy. I was convinced that beautiful things would do nothing but destroy me.

Did you ever go to a circus as a kid? What would you have done different to the show?
I went to the circus twice in my life. It ultimately created a fear of clowns for a while but somewhere along the way I appreciated how blatantly scary they are. The combination of fire and theatrics wowed me and I can still remember that feeling to this day. It embraced the weird. I wouldn’t change anything during those moments but I’m still not a fan of keeping wild animals confined for entertainment. Shout out to the elephants & tigers.

What is your goal as an artist? 

I want to continue to learn from all the artists who inspire me and create a monster in my own lane. I’m obsessed with so many genres of music, can’t wait till i have the resources to create them all. Keeping content reflective of who I am as a person. is really important to me. A lot of artists create on what they think the people want to hear but its necessary to create what you want and feel at that exact moment. That’s how legends dominate.

When did you know you wanted to make music? 

I started doing covers when I was 16 and fell in love with it instantly. It really boosted my confidence because I found something I fully understood without trying. Ultimately it helped me get attention from girls and make more friends during my awkward stage. (I’m still awkward just a little cooler). I used music to fundraise a few times in high school and embraced the power it had to help others. Once I started writing my own music, I became closer to friends and strangers because I was able to show how much in common we all have as human beings. Music is my first love, it has and always will be here eternally. 

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Photo by @Dandepalo

What is your dream now that you just accomplished this dream? 

To continue to create the best music I can and focus on achieving mental, physical, and financial freedom for myself and all those I consider family. I have to experience the whole world before I’m dead, music is that vessel. I’m determined to build my brand and ultimately change the life’s of those who feel they’ve reached the end. Love & growth is necessary on this depressing planet.

Who helped make this album what it is? Writers, Producers, Muses, Support System, Etc
I wrote the whole album and had some amazing producers collaborate to create the experience. Producers include Svn X, BeatsbyTre, Beatz Ezra & Young Taylor, Lord Quan, Deyjan Beats, Lord Quan, 25, Accent Beats, Adothegod, & D V N. I recorded with Jordan Barone and he mixed the whole thing also making some tweaks on production. We vibed from the start and were equally obsessed with creating this unique sound. Once completed, he sent it over to Mike at The Foxboro studio and he mastered it; giving it an even crispier sound. Danny Depalo is responsible for all visual representations of me. He embraced the weirdness and we’ve created some ill content. Rell Brodie created the cover art and Tristan Ford designed the tracklist, business cards, and merch. With all the support from my brothers and these talented creators, “The Circus” came to life.

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What is your favorite track? Why?
It really depends what mood I’m in. My favorites constantly change between all 11 tracks. Moon & Sun has that nostalgia feel. It brings you to the time you spent a perfect moment with a perfect someone. Hell & The Reaper is where my current level of confidence resides. Haven’t been giving energy to things not in my scope of focus. A constant favorite is Sinister. The way it is composed from the falsettos, the gruesome skit, and raw emotion makes it something to be appreciated.

Have you ever broke a Stereotype someone had of you? Tell us about it
I’ve always been a wallflower, super observant. People have always highlighted how I didn’t talk much. I had been dealing with a lot of things and didn’t have a way to ease the pain so i stayed in my head for most of high school. Music changed that all. Fast forward and now you’ve seen me be the loudest one in a space like Webster hall, SXSW, PaperBox, etc. We all evolve. Be patient

If you could remix one song with an artist/producer? Who would it be and what song? 

A couple Slipknot songs come to mind but definitely Vermillion, Pt 2. Would love to sing over the original melody but add in this 808 breakdown where I rap briefly before going back into crooning. If you ever wondered what inspired me to wear a mask. yeahh

What is the best words of advice you have received or would like to share? 

As simple as it may sound. BE YOU. The people who care about you are always going to love you as long as you’re true to self. On the other hand, there are people who will hate you even when your pretending to be someone else. Make it easier for yourself, embrace your flaws, and live your truths. The world is a lot brighter that way.

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Jooby Truth - 'Truth' [Exclusive Interview]

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Interview by Dave Noodlez

I had a chance to link up with Jooby Truth fresh off the release of his album 'Truth'. This is one artist who takes his craft serious. It was only right to give you a deeper look into the project and the mind of Jooby Truth. We hope you enjoy the interview.

Why did you make this album?

I made this album to establish myself. Give different elements of me. Showcase who Jooby Truth is.

What inspired the title 'Truth'?

For one it’s in my name. Another reason is that this was a true reflection of me. Every track reveals a different truth, not one piece of fiction in the lyrics. It was the truth from top to bottom.

What is your goal as an artist?

My goal is to make meaningful, timeless music. Not something that sounds good just right now, but music you can revisit. Whatever emotion portrayed in the music puts you in that state. The hype tracks uplift you, the deeper tracks help you through harder times. Just wanna make music with a purpose.

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When did you know you wanted to make music? 

My fathers father played jazz. Both my parents had musical backgrounds. My mom sang, my pops rapped from the time I could remember. I was always involved, but from the time I was 12 I knew it was in me for real. Then I took it real serious when I turned 18.

What is your dream now that you just accomplished this dream?

My dream is to touch as many people as possible through music. I want my body of work to live much longer than my physical body. Taking care of the people I love, doing what I love has always been the ultimate dream.

Who helped make this album what it is? Writers, Producers, Muses, Support System, Etc

Joy B, Rehab Beats, Lil Siege, Bam Keith, Willie Tolon and OTT all were either features or had some hand in production that made the project what it is. My wife and my team played a big part in helping making everything happen. Shout out to A1 & Jake.

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What is your favorite track? Why?

I connect with each track individually because they each come from real places. If I HAD to choose one I would say Temporary because of the content. I’m very selective with who I express my love to and that song portrays that perfectly.

Have you ever been Stereotype'd? Tell us more

All the time. Being from where I’m from the most common choice of content is killing, having hoes and smoking weed. So when people hear my music and hear where I’m from that throws em off.

Have you ever broke a Stereotype someone had of you? Tell us about it

For some reason people think that because I rap so aggressively, that my personality would come off as a jerk. I’m actually laid back and cool to talk to. I treat everybody with respect as long as its given to me. Actually have heard of few people tell me “Yo, I thought you were an asshole!”

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f you could do remix to one song on the album and anyone as your guest feature, what song what it would be and who would you have on it?

By far, I think Kendrick Lamar would sound crazy on This Side. I think he would bring a crazy cadence and push that joint over the top. 

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VR. - Frequencies [Exclusive Interview]

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Interview by Dave Noodlez

I recently caught VR.'s performance at Hub 17 in Staten Island, NY. He brought amazing energy. fresh bars and it felt like I was looking at the future. It was only right I linked up with him to talk about his new EP 'Frequencies', life, dreams, memories of being stereotyped and dream collaborations. Hope you enjoy our column of #DeeperLook as we learn more about VR. and his new project. 

Why did you make this album?

Well, while writing this project I was at a pretty low point in my life. I consider this peice as an “audio book” of mine because I’m simply giving you a story from one of many perspectives of mine. It’s all a small compilation of my observation.

What inspired the title 'Frequencies'?

Great question. During the time I was in a bad state of depression; I was facing suidcial thoughts. One day a friend of mine introduced me into Buddhism and the rest was history. I was inspired by its philosophy and the idea of meditation. After that? I shortly discovered chakras, and how you and I move are vibrational beings. This project is based on 7 main chakras. Each record representing one, from a low frequency (negative place) and progresses to a higher frequency (a palace of growth.)

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What is your goal as an artist?

I have many goals, and there will forever be new ones for I constantly set the bar high for myself. I don’t know if I’ll ever be satisfied but I can tell you that if there’s one thing I hope to achieve ? Is to influence positive change on people’s lives. For my work to inspire those who were lost just like myself at one point. Spark the minds of those that lack direction & self confidence. Music saved my life man. Dream and put the work in. You’ll be surprised where you’ll end up.

When did you know you wanted to make music?

Thanks to my mother, music was always played a huge role in my life. Even when I wasn’t developing as an artist. I truly realized this is what my sole purpose was at 17, after an attempt of taking my own life.

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What is your dream now that you just accomplished this dream?

My dream is to take this as far as I can imagine. World wide. To travel the world and be successful. All I want to do is change live, create the best work I can possibly make, Evolve and give my mother everything she’s never had before on this physical plane.

Who helped make this album what it is? Writers, Producers, Muses, Support System, Etc

I basically did everything myself. But I appreciate & love those that inspired to keep my head up. They know who they are. Most of the beats I don’t have full ownage too, but shout out to Soul Journal for tracking, and mixing the project. Big shout out to my brother Chrisgotheat who produced LCH. 

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What is your favorite track? Why?

My favorite track on the project is LCH. That’s where I project my evolution at the point, I level up. Something like Goku when he’s at level 2 or 3. 

Have you ever been Stereotype'd? Tell us more

Of course I have been. Coming up trying to rap, everyone laughed at me. Even close friends behind my back. 

Have you ever broke a Stereotype someone had of you? Tell us about it

But after a while of them seeing my progression, and me breaking the barriers showing more action than words it all started to change. Especially years later after I did my first performance. Then, they can tell it wasn’t a hobby for me. This is my life. But at this point, there’s nothing else to say. I’m about this.

If you could do remix to one song on the album and anyone as your guest feature, what song what it would be and who would you have on it?

That’s tough to say,I don’t think I’d remix any song off of here but if I could, I might remix LCH and get Kendrick on it. That would be dope as hell. Honestly though, I’d just do a huge remix like what Busta did with “Touch It” 

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D.Cure - 'Cuz It Bangz 3' Exclusive Interview

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D.Cure - Stereotype Co - Interview - Cuz It Bangz 3

We had a chance to kick it with D.Cure fresh off the release of his album 'Cuz It Bangz 3'. He is one artist that constantly delivers. It was only right to get a deeper look into his new project. We hope you enjoy this exclusive interview.

Why did you make this album?

I had such good feedback from the last two ‘Cuz It Bangz’ EPs that I just had to do one more! I also wanted to bring the talents of some of my favorite artists to light.

What inspired the title 'Cuz It Bangz 3'?

The whole concept of ‘Cuz It Bangz’ was to make bangerz. I wanted to have a commercial sound but with meaningful, thought-out lyrics. In the words of a song from the last EP, “I made this Cuz It Bangz”.

What is your goal as an artist?

Ultimately, my goal is to help people. If music is an escape then maybe I can help. If music is a way to relate to the struggle of another person (or an artist) then maybe I can help. I’m a recovering alcoholic and I nearly took my own life a few years ago. I feel like if I share my stories and experiences that maybe I can people out of the dark places I’ve been.

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When did you know you wanted to make music?

When I was 16, I remember listening to “Lost Ones” by Lauryn Hill over and over. I would listen to each line, write it down and rewind it up to the beginning of the next line just to memorize lyrics. It was proud of hip-hop but there was another side I wasn’t proud of. I also remember watching a music video on MTV by *unnamed artist* and I thought, “If this can be on tv there’s no reason I can’t be.” I suppose I had something to prove to myself.

Who helped make this album what it is? Writers, Producers, Muses, Support System, Etc

I definitely have my go-to producers but for these projects I tend to look elsewhere to get a different sound. I used Sean Ross, Bravo Beats, Insane Beatz and Tellingbeatzz for the production. Tellingbeatzz has been a go-to for a while and Sean Ross is becoming one. I featured many awesome emcees on this project to include: Ekspan, Think 2wice, Devon Lee, MCRE, Topher, Chris Romero, Lou Slugga, Mikey Bonez, Ugly Cuzzin, Jace the Truth, Codeen, Dirty Needles, K. David & Arden DeCuir. Everyone on this list is incredibly talented and I hope to bring a few more eyes and ears to their pages and music collections. The person who did the most work on this project is my little brother Arden. He has been mixing & mastering my music for a couple years now and he really had a great ear. You can hear him singing on the last track titled ‘Overcome’. My biggest support is my wife, Erin, who believes in everything I do and understands how much time it takes to make music.

What is your favorite track? Why?

Usually, I could answer this question but I spent so much time making sure each song was great that I could never decide. Some days I prefer one song over another but all of them have been stuck in my head at different times.

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Have you ever been Stereotype'd? Tell us more.

The usual stereotype for a white rapper is that I sound like Eminem. I’ve also been called Slug and Sage Francis. I find all these artists to be talented so I’m okay with it. I just wonder if it makes people more comfortable to have someone to compare me to...

Have you ever broke a Stereotype someone had of you? Tell us about it.

Just about everyone I’ve ever told I was a hip-hop artist has just rolled their eyes at me and said “sure, dude”. It’s nice to see their surprise when they hear my music. In all fairness, a lot people claim to be artists and really aren’t all that so who am I to blame them? Actions speak louder than words.

If you could do remix to one song on the album and anyone as your guest feature, what song what it would be and who would you have on it?

I’ve been big into NF recently. I would probably remix ‘Overcome’ and have him on it.

What are words of advice to having a beard as epic as yours?

Haha! Thank you. All it takes is time, patience and product. Wash your beard, put some good oil in it and take care of it! Just like anything in this world, if you want it to stand out it takes a lot more work than others are willing to do.

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What is your dream now that you just accomplished this dream?

I dream of better music. I’ve been thinking of stepping away from hip-hop for a little while to try other things out. My wife and I are also starting a clothing company so that’s another dream is getting that machine going.

What is the best words of advice you have ever received?

Not really advice but I’ve taken these words with me everywhere:

“What people think about you is none of your business.”

People get so wrapped up in what people think about them. Let people worry about, judge, place you all they want. It’s their thoughts and all you need to focus on is your own (because you can only change those)!

Download and Support

Cuz It Bangz 3 by D.Cure

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/cuz-it-bangz-3/1344640500

https://dcure.bandcamp.com/

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 D.Cure 'Cuz It Bangz 3' Tracklisting

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The 'When No Ones Listening' Exclusive Interview

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After meeting MCRE through Chris RWK on Instagram we have stayed connected ever since. MCRE sent us a physical copy of the new album with Think 2wice and we were really impressed. We were even more impressed after we heard about the setup they used. Also the bars, beats and everything in between were solid. We had to know more so we linked with MCRE  to get a real in-depth look into the album and life for an exclusive interview only on StereotypeCo.com. Hope you enjoy. 

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